I can't watch anymore. My eyes hurt. That's not basketball. It can't be basketball.
That can't be the Knicks. That can't be the same team that was once considered one of the NBA's flagship franchises. That can't be the same team for which guys like
That can't be Miami, either. A
(And it took
It's sad, really, to see two of the NBA's marquee franchises in such dire straights. Miami has been decimated by injury this season, from
The Knicks? That mess is entirely
He's coaching them to lose, too. The worst-kept secret in the NBA is that the Knicks are tanking games in an effort to improve their draft position. You hear that,
(Memo to Beasley and Rose: Stay in school.)
Thomas certainly thinks so. Whether Thomas has a backdoor deal worked out with Dolan that would guarantee he is either a) retained as head coach or b) paid the balance of his contract is unclear. Speculation ran rampant through the Garden on Wednesday night, with rumors ranging from Thomas being reassigned to a scouting position to his being fired altogether. Regardless, Thomas clearly has decided to mail in the season.
His decision to bench leading rebounder and second-leading scorer
"Everyone knows what they are trying to do," an Eastern Conference executive said. "It's embarrassing. It's embarrassing for them and it's embarrassing for the league."
Thomas' defense? "You always try to win games," he said. "But when you play young players, they are going to make mistakes."
Personally, I could see Thomas running the Knicks' scouting department. Historically, Zeke's eye for talent has been sharp. He drafted
In all likelihood, Thomas will be gone next season and the Knicks will be Walsh's problem. The Bronx-born Walsh will inherit a bloated payroll, a meddling owner, an absurd media policy that does more harm than good and a locker room that measures its morale somewhere between the 2004 Yankees and the guy who directed
Good luck to him.
Oh, by the way, the Knicks beat the Heat 103-96 in overtime.
Not that anyone noticed.
• Riley finally fired back at Shaq on Wednesday night. The former Heat center, who has a history of targeting his former employers after his departure, took a few shots at Miami in
"I love playing for this coach and I love playing with these guys," said O'Neal. "We have professionals who know what to do. No one is asking me to play with
"It's sad that he said those things," said Riley before the game. "It's sad that he's got to do that. I don't know why he's saying those things ... we sent him to utopia and we were left with the carnage."
Riley also took exception to O'Neal's effusive praise for the Suns medical staff, which was perceived as a backhanded slap at the treatment Shaq received in Miami.
"That's an insult," said Riley. "We hired two therapists for Shaquille. It's a shame he would insult them like that. That upsets me more than anything."
• USA Basketball thought they found the missing links to a gold medal when they added sharpshooters
• Speaking of Memphis, what do you do if you are the Grizzlies and you secure the number one pick in the draft? Do you take Beasley and fill a position you are weak at? Or do you succumb to public pressure and take Rose, the University of Memphis guard who plays the same position as